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Based on the Book - Upcoming Movie Adaptations

Where do film makers get such great ideas for their movies? From books, of course! These books are being made into feature films scheduled to come out soon! Read the book before you see the movie!

Release dates: October - December 2016

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The Girl on the Train book jacket

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

After witnessing something shocking, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

Emily Blunt, Lisa Kudrow, and Allison Janney star in this adaptation.

Movie Release Date: 10/07/2016

The Great Gilly Hopkins book jacket

The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson

Watch out world! The Great Gilly Hopkins is looking for a home. She's a foster kid who's been angry, lonely, and hurting for so long that's she's always ready for a fight. Don't be fooled by her "Who me?" expression, guaranteed to trick foster parents, teachers, and anyone who gets in her way. It's Gilly Hopkins vs. the world! And so far, Gilly seems to be winning. But what she doesn't realize is that every time she wins, she really loses, until she discovers a love as formidable as any enemy she's ever known.

Sophie Nelisse, Kathy Bates, and Glenn Close star.

Movie Release Date: 10/07/2016

Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life book jacket

Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson

When Rafe Kane enters middle school, he teams up with his best friend, "Leo the Silent," to create a game to make school more fun by trying to break every rule in the school's code of conduct.

The movie stars Lauren Graham, Griffin Gluck, and Rob Riggle.

Movie Release Date: 10/07/2016

Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It book jacket

Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It by Maile Meloy

This collection of eleven stories is about the battlefields-and fields of victory-that exist in seemingly harmless spaces, in kitchens and living rooms and cars and is primarily set in the American West. The stories feature small-town lawyers, ranchers, doctors, parents, and children, and explore the moral quandaries of love, family, and friendship. Throughout the book, Meloy examines the tensions between having and wanting, as her characters try to keep hold of opposing forces in their lives: innocence and experience, risk and stability, fidelity and desire. Also available in: eBook and eAudiobook.

Titled Certain Women, the movie stars Kristen Stewart, Michelle Williams, and Laura Dern.

Movie Release Date: 10/14/2016

The Julius House book jacket

The Julius House by Charlaine Harris

In Georgia, former librarian Aurora Teagarden is overjoyed when her new husband, rich and handsome Martin Bartell gives her a house as a wedding present. Intrigued, too, as the house once belonged to a family which simply disappeared. But when she tries to satisfy her curiosity with a bit of snooping, she is nearly killed by an ax-wielding attacker. Which sets her to thinking, whom exactly did she marry?

Candance Cameron Bure and Marilu Henner star in this made for TV movie based on Harris' book.

Movie Release Date: 10/16/2016

American Pastoral book jacket

American Pastoral by Philip Roth

Swede Levov, legendary athlete at his Newark high school, marries a former Miss New Jersey, and inherits his father's glove factory. He's living the American dream. Then one day in 1968, everything changes. His daughter, Merry, has grown from a loving, quick-witted girl into a sullen, fanatical teenager capable of an outlandishly savage act of political terrorism after joining an anti-war movement. Overnight, Swede is wrenched out of the longed-for American pastoral and into the indigenous American berserk. Also available in: eBook and eAudiobook.

Ewan McGregor directs and stars along with Dakota Fanning and Jennifer Connelly.

Movie Release Date: 10/28/2016

Fingersmith book jacket

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

Growing up as a foster child among a family of thieves, orphan Sue Trinder hopes to pay back that kindness by playing a key role in a swindle scheme devised by their leader, Gentleman, who is planning to con a fortune out of the naive Maud Lily. However, Sue's growing pity for their helpless victim could destroy the plot.

Titled The Handmaiden, this South Korean made film stars Min-hee Kim, Kim Tae-ri, and Jung-woo Ha. The movie is in Korean and Japanese.

Movie Release Date: 10/21/2016

Never Go Back book jacket

Never Go Back by Lee Child

Jack Reacher returns to his old military police unit, eager to meet Maj. Susan Turner, the new commanding officer. However, Reacher finds out that Turner is under investigation for corruption and is awaiting trial for conspiracy. The army drafts him back into service to face two trumped-up legal cases-homicide charges for assaulting an L.A. gangbanger for selling black-market weapons and a paternity suit from a former girlfriend alleging that Reacher fathered her 14-year-old daughter. Harnessing his anger and brute strength, Reacher cunningly defends himself, promising to "never go back."

Stars Tom Cruise and directed by Edward Zwick.

Movie Release Date: 10/21/2016

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency book jacket

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams

Weird, wacky tale about a private detective, more interested in telerinesis than in tailing suspects, who uncovers a devastating secret that threatens to bring our civilization to an end.

This new TV series stars Samuel Barnett, Richard Schiff, and Elijah Wood.

Movie Release Date: 10/22/2016

Inferno book jacket

Inferno by Dan Brown

In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history's most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante's Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science.

Tom Hanks returns as Robert Langdon starring alongside Felicity Jones and Ben Foster.

Movie Release Date: 10/28/2016

The Mistletoe Promise book jacket

The Mistletoe Promise by Richard Paul Evans

Tired of spending the holidays alone since her bitter divorce three years ago, Elise accepts a proposition from a man in her building to be a pretend couple until Christmas. As the charade progresses, her badly broken heart begins to mend, but secrets threaten to destroy the emerging relationship.

This Hallmark Channel movie stars Jaime King and Luke Macfarlane.

Movie Release Date: 11/06/2016

Stories of Your Life and Others book jacket

Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang

A collection of stories that presents characters who must confront sudden change--the inevitable rise of automatons or the appearance of aliens--while striving to maintain some sense of normalcy. With sharp intelligence and humor, Chiang examines what it means to be alive in a world marked by uncertainty and constant change, and also by beauty and wonder.

Titled Arrival, the movie stars Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Forest Whitaker.

Movie Release Date: 11/11/2016

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk book jacket

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain

A satire set in Texas during America's war in Iraq that explores the gaping national disconnect between the war at home and the war abroad. Follows the surviving members of the heroic Bravo Squad through one exhausting stop in their media-intensive "Victory Tour" at Texas Stadium, football mecca of the Dallas Cowboys, their fans, promoters, and cheerleaders.

Directed by Ang Lee, this movie stars Kristen Stewart, Vin Diesel, Steve Martin, Christ Tucker, Blen Platt, and Tim Blake Nelson.

Movie Release Date: 11/11/2016

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them book jacket

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J. K. Rowling

From the world of Harry Potter--the textbook for Hogwarts' Care of Magical Creatures class, required for all first-year Hogwarts students. It also contains an A to Z list of all beings magical. Also available in: eBook.

Based on a character in the popular Harry Potter series, the movie stars Eddie Redmayne, Colin Farrell, and Ezra Miller.

Movie Release Date: 11/18/2016

A Street Cat Named Bob book jacket

A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen

When London street musician James Bowen found an injured cat curled up in the hallway of his apartment building, he had no idea how much his life was about to change. Also available in: eBook.

Ginger cat Bob, stars in this film along with Luke Treadaway and Ruta Gedmintas.

Movie Release Date: 11/18/2016

Tony and Susan book jacket

Tony and Susan by Austin Wright

Twenty-five years after their divorce, Edward, a struggling writer, gives the manuscript of his novel to Susan, trusting her to give an opinion. In three sittings, she reads it, immediately and intimately identifying with the main character, Tony. Soon, Susan is filled with a dark, passionate, inexplicable rage--and Edward's is an exquisite revenge. Also available in: eBook and eAudiobook.

Titled Nocturnal Animals, the movie has an all star cast including Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhall, Armie Hammer, Laura Linney, and Michael Sheen.

Movie Release Date: 12/09/2016

Runaway book jacket

Runaway by Alice Munro

A book of extraordinary stories about love and its infinite betrayals and surprises, from the title story about a young woman who, though she thinks she wants to, is incapable of leaving her husband, to three stories about a woman named Juliet and the emotions that complicate the luster of her intimate relationships.

Titled Julieta, this Spanish made film stars Adriana Ugarte, Rossy de Palma, and Michelle Jenner. The movie is in Spanish.

Movie Release Date: 12/21/2016

Fences book jacket

Fences by August Wilson

During the 1950s, Troy Maxson struggles against racism and tries to preserve his feelings of pride in himself.

Based on the stage play, the movie stars Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, and Mykelti Williamson.

Movie Release Date: 12/25/2016